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Discounted Biblical & Religion Tour for Professors

March 5-13, 2021
1890 USD Land and Air

Tuku Tours is organizing a discounted 'Biblical Turkey' FAM (Familiarization) Trip every March for professors who wish to see Turkey on their own before organizing a student (or adult) group tour.

Departures from : New York JFK, Chicago, Los Angeles
Please ask for our special add-on prices for departures from other US cities or from Canada.

* This special tour is not open to public. The discounted rate of $1,990 is for faculty members only. See below for spouse rate.

Tour Itinerary: FAM TRIP

• LOS ANGELES (LAX) TK 10 departs at 19:45 (arrive Istanbul 17:55 next day)
• NEW YORK (JFK) TK 2 departs at 20:45 (arrive Istanbul 12:20 next day)
• CHICAGO (ORD) TK 6 departs at 22:15 (arrive Istanbul 15:55 next day)
*Flight times can be changed by the airlines beyond our control. Please double check.

Mar 6, Sat     Arrive Istanbul Airport
Meet and greet in Istanbul New Airport at Meeting Point (as shown below). with a “FAM TRIP-TUTKU” sign. The location of Meeting point 2 is on one of the following pages. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

Mar 7, Sun     Istanbul Tour

Full day Istanbul tour; visit the Roman Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles, Hagia Sophia Church, built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels and a designated World Heritage site. Then visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Evening, slide show & presentation of the major Biblical sites in Turkey. (B,D)

Mar 8, Mon Istanbul – Fly Antalya
Transfer to Istanbul Aiprort for morning flight to Antalya. Upon arrival, visit the Greco-Roman city of Perga (Acts 13:13–14; 14:25). Stop at St. Paul Cultural Center & Church for short free time and lunch. Afternoon visit to the award winning Antalya Archaeology Museum. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,D)

Mar 9, Tue Laodicea (Col 2:1; 4:13-16, Rev. 1:11; 3:14) - Hierapolis (Col 4:13) - Pamukkale

Drive to Lycus River Valley. First, tour of Laodicea to see the latest excavations. Then, drive to nearby Hierapolis to see the newly found Tomb of Philip. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Mar 10, Wed Philadelphia(Rev. 1:11; 3:7)- Sardis(Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4)- Smyrna(Rev. 1:11; 2:8) - Izmir

Drive to Alasehir to see the remaining of the Philadelphia Church. Continue to Sardis, capital of the ancient Lydia where first coin of the world was invented. See the remains of the massive Artemis Temple. Proceed to Smyrna, modern Izmir to see the Smyrna Agora. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Izmir. (B,D)

Mar 11, Thu Pergamon (Rev. 1:11; 2:12) - Izmir

Leave for Pergamon. Visit the Acropolis with the steepest theater of the ancient world and the Temple of Trajan. Then visit the Red Basilica which was an Egyptian Temple, later converted to a church. Return to Izmir. (B,D)

Mar 12, Fri Ephesus Tour - Izmir

Visit the famous ancient city of Ephesus (Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1), and its Terrace Houses, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of St. John. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Mar 13, Sat Departure Back
Early transfer to the Izmir Airport for TK 2311 09:00/10:05 flight to Istanbul and connect to your international flight back to US. End of our services. (B)
• LOS ANGELES (LAX) TK 9 departs Istanbul at 12:45 (arrive LAX 16:30 same day)
• NEW YORK (JFK) TK 1 departs Istanbul at 13:15 (arrive JFK 16:50 same day)
• CHICAGO (ORD) TK 5 departs Istanbul at 13:35 (arrive ORD 17:25 same day)
*Flight times can be changed by the airlines beyond our control.

Tour Price (USD)

Discounted Land and Air

$1,990 Per Person in Twin Room for professors
$2,190 Per Person in Twin Room for spouses
$2,290  in Single Room for professors who wish to stay in one room on their own
*Add $200 per person for Los Angeles and San Francisco Departures.
*There can be a supplement on the tour cost if the airlines increase air ticket rates due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Tour Features

  •  Round-trip International flights from New York JFK Airport, Chicago, Los Angeles based on Turkish Airlines Economy Class.
  •  Domestic Flight in Turkey
  •  Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  •  7 nights at good 4 star hotels in Turkey (Hotel List is available at the following page)
  •  Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
  •  Entrance fees to all sightseeing
  •  Guiding services
  •  Transfers & transportation by private A/C motorcoach
  •  Biblical documents, Tips to hotel and restaurant staff, Portage for one piece of luggage at the hotels
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Tips to tour guide and driver
  • Turkish Visa Fee-to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
  • Lunches and drinks, Personal Expenses, any other item which is not included above

Payment Procedure

For Booking : $100 deposit per person is required for registration. (non-refundable)
Full Payment: on or before December 14, 2020

Payment : Payment can be made by two ways; credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or bank wire.
If you wish to pay with a credit card, you can fill in the secure form at our website.

Tour Hotel List

Istanbul --> Hotel Arcadia Blue or similar

Antalya --> Best Western Plus Khan or similar

Pamukkale --> Doğa Thermal Hotel or similar

Izmir --> Mövenpick Hotel or similar

Contact Us

For questions and registration, please email to info@tutkutours.com

Address:Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari 3/303 Izmir 35210 TURKEY
Phone: +90 (232) 441-8676 / 441-8677 / 441-8635
Fax: +90 (232) 441-8636
Email: info@tutkutours.com
Website: www.tutkutours.com

Member of Turkish Travel Agency Association Since 1992 License Number A-2394

Join Ephesus Meeting

Click to see short Ephesus Meeting 2015 Video
Join one of the Future Ephesus Meeting:
May 27, 2019 Monday evening

Tutku Tours continues to organize the Ephesus Meeting, a three-hour academic experience for Christian, Colleges, Universities, Seminaries and Church Groups. For further information click www.ephesusmeeting.com.
The 2019 meeting will be held Monday evening, May 27. Featured lecturers included Dr. Ben Witherington, Dr. Mark Wilson, Dr. Mark Fairchild and others. If you happen to be in the area, you are welcome to attend without cost.

President Levent Oral

Levent Oral

I look forward to meeting you in Turkey


Levent Oral

New Istanbul Airport Meeting Point

Valued TUTKU Educational Travel Guest,
We are delighted that you have chosen us to organize your travel arrangements during your time in Turkey.
We’d like to inform you on the details of your arrival transfer at Brand New Istanbul Airport .
Upon arrival, after you go through Turkish Immigration, claim your luggage and pass the Turkish Customs, you will go through sliding doors into the International Arrivals Hall where you will see many people greeting passengers. To avoid the crowds and any confusion, we would like for you to turn left immediately after the sliding doors and proceed to the Gloria Jean’s Coffee shop (photo below) just in front of you. Your tour guide will be waiting for you right at this point with a sign “ TUTKU” on it.
In the event that you have a problem meeting our representative, please call our office at +90-232-441-8676 during business hours or Miss Sema at +90- 532-296-93-96 afterhours. We will be happy to be of assistance. We do hope that you will enjoy your time in our
beautiful country and please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or for assistance in an emergency.
Kind regards,

Tour Leader

2013 March Famtrip Troas Mark Wilson, D.Litt. et Phil., Director, Asia Minor Research Center,
Antalya, Turkey; Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament, Stellenbosch University

Biblical Turkey
Dr. Mark Wilson is the author of Biblical Turkey

Dear Professor,
On behalf of Tutku Tours it will be my pleasure to travel with you during the March 2019 Fam trip in Turkey. Our itinerary includes a mixture of sites related to Paul’s journeys as well as the Seven Churches of Revelation. This whirlwind tour will give you a preview of Turkey’s rich biblical heritage. You will also be amazed at all the history, geography, archaeology, and culture you will experience in just seven days. Please contact me if you have any questions related to the trip.
Best Wishes, Mark Wilson

Tour Map

Fam Trip Photo Album

2017 March FamTrip

March 2017, Fam Trip group in Ephesus
Grace Bible Church, North Park Theological Seminary, First Baptist Church Lenoir City, Loyola High School, Berea College, KY

2016 March FamTrip #1

March 2016, Fam Trip #1 group in Sardis
New Hope Christian College - Hawaii, East Texas Baptist University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Sdney and Missionary Bible College, Westwinds Church, Baylor University, University of Wyoming, Spring Arbor University & Westwinds Church, Madonna University, Watch the Crown Ministries, Rockhurst University, Hampshire College, Barry University, McMurry University, Concordia Seminary, Christian Century

2016 March FamTrip #2

March 2016, Fam Trip #2 group in Roman Road, Assos
Lafayette College, Rhodes College, Apex School of Theology, Winston-Salem State University, University of California, University at Buffalo

Read the comments of a 2015 Fam Participant:

Dear Levent,

We recently enjoyed a great educational experience together exploring the “7 churches of Revelation” and many other locations. Tutku Tours did a great job with all the arrangements, especially the guides who were with us the whole time. As my grandson Ryan Libby had a marvelous experience with all of you and wants to look more closely at archaeological work, I will take him to Jordan with me in the summer to work a site there.
We all owe a debt of appreciation to Tutku Tours for the great arrangements. Hopefully you share in my comments, and perhaps have already sent your own message.

Bill Libby, Assistant Professor of Religion
Athletic Student Affairs
McMurry University

2015 March FamTrip

March 2015, Fam Trip group in Istanbul
Arrowhead Messianic Cong., Calvin Theological Seminary, Center for Christian Study, Claremont School of Theology, Coquitlam Alliance Church, Emmaus Bible College, Fresno Pacific University, Garrett Evangelical Theo. Sem., Lancaster Bible College, Logos Evangelical Seminary, Loyola University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Salvation Army, Spring Arbor University, The Bishop’s School, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wayland Baptist University, Wheaton College

Read the comments of a 2016 Fam Participant:

Dear Levent,

It's been almost three weeks since the Biblical Turkey Fam Trip was concluded, but I am still digesting the voluminous information I gathered during the tour. Although this is not my first time to join a study tour, in my opinion, this was the best study tour I have joined so far. I would like to thank you for offering such a high quality tour led by the outstanding guide, Mr. Cenk Eronat, and supported by such a responsive staff like Ms. Sema, I returned home bearing with me not only a treasure trove of new appreciation for the ancient Asia Minor, but I came home with a love for Turkey and the wonderful people of Turkey. Again, thank you for offering such good tours. I pray that the Lord will expand your network and bless whatever you set your hands to do.

Willy W. Chua

CE Ephesus 2014 March FamTrip

March 2014, Fam Trip group in Ephesus
Participants from South Western College, Duke University, San Francisco Theological Seminary, ETS (The Evangelical Theological Society), New College Berkeley, Biblical Research, Pastor of Dodge City Church of Christ.

2013 March Famtrip Troas

March 2013, Fam Trip group in Alexandria Troas
Participants from Kilns College, Bible Intereact Institute, Trinity Soutwest University, Northwest Nazarene University, Duke University, Le Tourneau Universit, Tyndale Seminary.

Tour Brochure

Fam Trip Tour Brochure 2020 Please click image to download Biblical Turkey Fam Trips brochure.
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